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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


A Middle East menagerie
favourite works selected by curatorial assistants

6 December 2013 – 18 May 2014

Recommend this exhibition

Museum displays are normally organised by the curators who research and look after the collection.

However, no installation can be completed without a team of staff involving conservators, designers and curatorial assistants, the latter of whom are responsible for moving and installing the objects.

This display features a selection of works from the Islamic collections at the British Museum, hand-picked by the Middle East department’s curatorial assistant team and highlighting the theme of animals in Islamic art.

Engraved and inscribed steel lion. Iran, 19th century.

Engraved and inscribed steel lion. Iran, 19th century.